Bold pie and ice cream pairings
Check out these 14 bold pie and ice cream pairings, from a strawberry lattice-top with basil gelato to a rich raspberry pie brightened by a scoop of creamy peach.
Thursday, September 18th 2014, 5:02 pm EDT
For me, there's no more decadent combination on earth than a fresh pie made with sweet summer fruit and topped with cold — but quickly melting — ice cream.
My affinity for the pairing is tied to that classic New England duo of blueberry pie and vanilla ice cream. As a kid, my family spent a few weeks every summer in Swan's Island off the Maine coast, where blueberries grow thicker than grass. After my sister and I spent all day picking buckets of berries, my mom would make a wild blueberry pie — always served up with a generous scoop of vanilla for each slice.
As the ice cream melted, it mixed with the sweet berry filling and softened the buttery, flaky pie dough just enough to transform the whole thing into something much greater than the sum of its individual components.
When it comes to topping pie, vanilla is — and should be — your go-to, as its creamy flavor complements most fruits and baked goods. But there's so much more to discover when you start pairing your pies with flavored ice creams.
Here are 14 bold pie and ice cream pairings, from a strawberry lattice-top with basil gelato to a rich raspberry pie brightened by a scoop of creamy peach:
Lattice-Top Red Raspberry Pie with Peach Ice Cream
Grandma Potter's Peach Cobbler with Nutmeg Ice Cream
Strawberry Pie with Basil Gelato
Sour Cherry Pie with Cream Cheese Sorbet
Stone Fruit Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream
Apricot Tarts with Pistachio Ice Cream
Berry Tart with Sicilian Vanilla Ice Cream
Fig Tart with Apricot Sorbet
Plum Tart with Honey Ice Cream
Concord Grape Pie with Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream
Chocolate Tart with Coffee Ice Cream
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie with the Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream in the World
Apple Pie with Classic Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Coconut Cream Pie with Kaffir Lime Gelato